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. the romney campaign is only on eir ird reboce convention. we've had businessman romney. foreign policy romney. latino romney. but we still haven't seen aqua romney. >> well, maybe that's not a bad idea. tt romney needs to do something to catch president obama in key toss-up states including ohio where both candidates are campaigning today. in the latest "the new york times"/quinnipiac poll has the president up ten points in the buckeye ste. heashiton " h hi b eight. the president pulled ahead in florida and pennsylvania, as well. drastic times call for drastic measures. the romneyampaign is out with a new ad and just mney and the came camera. >> president obama and i both mi.e abo poor and mdlelass diens policies will make things better for them. >> but that is a tough sell with middle class voters who believe romney's economic policies only benefit the rich. is it time for romney 4.0? so, i dughi quinnipiac poll and a few things that were interesting and struck me. first of all, there's so many people have said this election is about the economy. and it is about the economy. but i would pu
economic policies. >> craig, let me respond if i can. >> yeah. >> we know two things about mitt romney's policies. one, he wants to reduce taxes for rich. and for instance we think they're going to go up for the middle las. and two, he wants to more or less make medicare a voucher program. both of those proposals, and there is no dispute about those are wildly unpopular. so if this gets into a debate about policies, that i think someone of mitt romney's problems. everybody says oh, romney is just a bad candidate. no. the philosophy that he is putting forward any republican candidate this year would be putting forward. it just happens not to be with the public supports. >> richard knows he is not being sincere in terms of characterizing the governor's policy. >> what policies specifically? >> he is certainly, you know, certainly put forward a plan that is more specific an broader based than just tax breaks for the rich. >> i want to focus, not so much on policy here for a minute. but i do want to continue to focus on the debate here. and richard, i want to play a quick moment that presi
and policy, mitt romney sharpens his foreign policy attacks as the president prepares to step on to the world stage. >>> celestial stunner. an awesome display of the northern lights. >>> talk about the find of a lifetime an art work found at a thrift store fetches tens of thousands at auction. good morning. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on nbc. >>> and we are going to begin with foreign affairs. president obama will take a brief diplomatic detour from his campaign's front lines to address the simmering crises in iran, syria, and the broader muslim world before the united nations general assembly. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: this is a big deal. not only for the president explaining where the world stands but for him politically. >> but first things first -- we've got an election. >> reporter: on "the view" before speaking to the united nations general assembly. aides say he'll focus on the recent unrest and death of ambassador christopher stevens. >> these are not human bumps in the road. >> either one or all of them shows a perso
on the economy. how much peril do you think there is for mitt romney? >> he's weak on foreign policy. and he flubbed his lines with behazind tingoe big deal about what the president meant when he said bumps in the road is desperate. and i suspect the romney campaign is just as keen for the u.n. session to be over as the obama camp. theyon't wt e m news and expose their candidate's frailties in this area. >> one of the big criticisms we've heard about the president is thate was elected with the expectation that he would be this transformational president and part of that transformation would build with foreign that leaders and his critics have said pretty harshly that this would be a president who has not yet developed personal relationships that can sometimes define a strong foreign policy. why? >>hat is a ccism yr fromf president obama's admirers and friend, that he doesn't make that connection not only with foreign leaders, but with congressional leaders. that he's a little too remote. that there hasn't been follow-up to the cairopeech that he gave in 2009 wherewaski abedinhe relationship
think it's going to be a domestic policy debate. i'm sure romney's main message is going to be, look, it doesn't have to be this way, okay? we can create jobs, we can deal with the federal deficit, and, yes, we can have a foreign policy where we stabilize these parts of the world if we'll just act in the traditions of bipartisan foreign policy since world war ii. i think that's going to be his basic message. >> in the op-ed there was a phrase used, soft power. i guess what does that mean? what would they have done differently with libya? >> well, here's what should have happened. first, ideally you anticipate the arab spring. if you can't do that, when it happens you set forth a very clear vision of where the region ought to go, in the direction of a constitutional government. you actually get involved in these countries. you learn the elements that want those things. you support them and give them credibility. you identify the elements that don't want those things. you oppose those. you actually use the tools. >> do you think the united states should take a stand in open den dmitri
. >> governor romney's speech at the clinton global initiative had a narror focu ren ai proposing a new policy for overseas contributions. >> the aim of a much larger share of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise. nothing we can do a a nation ceesat more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. and that is that free people pursuing happiness in their own ways, build a stron and vedut a new approach for a new era. >> governor ed rendell, two candidates both playing the role of statesman at the same time in the same city or ratively the same time in theame city. president oba, obviously, had the heavier ftsctuay the president and the commander in chief and the events in the middle east has increased the load in terms of what he must demonstrate to the rest of the world. what did you make of his addre to the u.n. general assembly? did he effectively make the case for americ did he effectively outline aie nat hadick atwoli to alawe america and the middle east? >> i thought you saw both men at th
the african-american community are supporting mitt romney? >> no, absolutely. there's all sorts of policies that are hostile to blacks, hostile to hispanics, hostile to gays, hostile to women. i mean, the party only seems to love corporations which it thinks are people and rich people. everybody else we don't care about you. didn't he say he didn't care about 47% of the country? >> i believe did he. >> i this i the percentage is a bit low. and once again we see the party is putting the party ahead of the country which we see with the entire obstruction strategy which should be a national scandal. >> professor, you have to repeat those words from that caller to mr. limbaugh and i suppose that's why they want all these illegals into the country. you know, damn right. he obviously doesn't realize this current president has been draconian in pursuit of illegal immigration, has spent more money, there are more border patrols on the ground, and yet somehow the caller says this to mr. limbaugh and his response, damn right. >> well, first of all, martin, you're confusing the matter here. you're dea
this is also domestic policy, these wars. first of all, veterans benefits and the fact that the romney camp views this as part of the defense sequester that somehow is protected it's not pro tented as you were pointed out last night. >> there is -- i sort of felt like because the romney campaign has been so absent on issues of natural security, substantive issues of national security beyond just name calling i feel like the campaign should be encouraged now that they have tried to talk about veterans issues. there are huge issues with the disability claims but also other elements of the v.a.'s performance in terms of this current generation of veterans and older generations of vets and romney in trying to go there, in virginia this week, showed he didn't even understand the issue he was trying to make political hay out of. the problem of suicides among veterans and says a solution is he won't cut military spending in the sequester. you know, i don't think he knows what the relationship of the v.a. funding is to the sequester. i'm not sure he knows that paul ryan voted for that sequester or
's -- krauthammer talks about -- romney does talk about foreign policy, a 20th century entitlement system, he talks about america and the need to be unapologetic. he talks about all these things. the problem romney has is he can't go a week talking about these things because he is tripping over his own words and gaffes whether the clint eastwood moment or running to criticize obama for the libya attacks and each and every time he tries to build momentum around these themes, build a larger place to get obama out -- he over shadows. >> you just said theme. that is what charles krauthammer says. he said if there were an over arching thing mitt romney was carrying from foreign policy -- >> you can only build that theme if you do it day in and day out and obama has done his theme which is romney is this rich guy who is going to outsource everything. he's been tripped up every now and then but by and large has been consistent. mitt romney has been his own worst enemy. >> that is the problem kelly. they don't have a big over arching theme as charles krauthammer says that carries them through a week where
and romney laying out his plan for a pros pair path. lestarat tle so, steve, you have a theory for why foreign policy the talk of the town this week. >> well, because it's u.n. week. i mean that's the obvious. 'roi o on a limb here. >> i'm glad we built this up. i wouldn't be surprised if it's still something they're talking about after u.n. week and it strikes me that there's a lot of evidence, and even evidence from repuican polls that the ntrehe romney campaign that there are going to be swing voters, that economic frustration will ultimately lead them to say i won't ask questions. i want to turn to mitt romney, that too's just not working. the newest evidence today, republican polter david winston said 18% of his asked and 18% if they're better off than fou years ago. 77% whether they believe things will get better in the future. 48% say problems are caused by the past, 45% say the curnt economic policies are causing more problems. the romney campaign is basically losing. it's basicly a wash. kpta gin for other things and that's why we're hearing -- >> romney is ahead over veterans
affair, on foreign policy, as barack obama has over mitt romney. so, the republicans wl try to make an issue of nghazi, they'll try to makn issf dothink it's sticking. and i think the successful kill of bin laden did this president an enormous amount of political good, not just in this area, but almost across the board in terms of making him seem strong and resolute, and it becomes vy difficult for the republicans to make the casin ll, it also is difficult to make the case, it begets the question, what are you going to do? i mean are you going to -- are you going to put boots on the ground it iran? there's absolutely no appetite in terms of arin plic io terms of intervention in the middle east. >> to howard's point, the issue of mubarak is out and the transition from american ally to new leadership, while messy, happened. gadhafi's done. there's a lot to point to, when the president says you've got to trusme, there i a lot to t same time this is a referee kind of role. look at jeff goldburg, authority on american reporting about the issue, he said from the beginning that people are
, an issue that mitt romney tried to exploit. >> president obama has thrown israel under the bus. >> reporter: the white house feels it is more in tune with voters. >> i executed on my foreign policy and one that the american people largely agree with. so, you know, if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> that was nbc's andrea mitchell reporting. >>> this morning iran is responding to netanyahu's red line comments saying it reserves the right to retaliate against any attack. meantime, new internal israeli government report finds that international sanctions are, in fact, hurting iran's economy but have not slowed down the nuclear program. the report calls for another round of sanctions to be implemented. >> in the race for the white house, we have got new batch of poll numbers coming out on three more battleground states. according to the new nbc/"wall street journal"/marist college poll, the president has a slim lead over voters in north carolina where the democrats held their national convention earlier this month. obama won the state in 2008
that option off the table. >> seems like a little softer stance there from mitt romney coming out now, too. no talk of red lines. so what's going on overall? >> well, clearly the president's policy is the one that everyone is coalescing around. even mitt romney finds it hard to disagree with a notion that we should have a diplomatic solution. some of his advisers like john bolton, however, argued for bombing yesterday. but that flies in the face of a broad swath of bipartisan security experts who argue that bombing iran would facility their acquisition of a nuclear weapon. >> okay, joel rubin. many thanks for coming on. >> thank you. >> office politics. savannah guthrie tells me about her latest interview with president obama and the questions she wish she had asked him. why should our wallets tell us what our favorite color is? every room deserves to look great. and every footstep should tell us we made the right decision. so when we can feel our way through the newest, softest, and most colorful options... ...across every possible price range... ...our budgets won't be picking the style.
making that argument than romney has trying to say, no, no, no, obama's policies have made it worse. >> john harwood? >> well, gene, i would say, i think chuck's point is the right one, which is that he's got to connect bad circumstances in the economy to what obama's done. but even more important is connecting something better in the future with his own policies. the idea that tax cuts, which he hasn't been talking about all that much. he barely mentioned them in his convention speech, that's going to produce the kind of growth he's talked about. and as you know, that's not an easy case to make. some of the evidence suggests from the clinton years, it doesn't produce that. >> yeah, i agree, john. i think he does have to make that case, though. he has to make some sort of affirmative case. i really don't think it's enough for romney to point at obama and say he's doing a bad job. that hasn't gotten him over the hump. and i do think he has to say, look, here's what i'm going to do and here's how it's going to make things better. and if -- if he's going to talk about tax cuts, he's go
facing this campaign. first, when is the last time that governor mitt romney gave a speech or did an event or otherwise made some sort of policy news that had an impact on voters and on this race? >> i mean i don't know. it's been a while. that is one of the things about these campaigns. not that romney has lost it all in one moment through a fatal gaffe although there have been bad moments but every day he's losing it day by day each day in a new and creative method and i think it's very tricky and what you're starting to see in the quotes there is a potential for republican -- for kind of, you know, staffer starting to give premore tems to the press, spin how it's not their fault. toward the enof the mccain campaign they were preparing internal memos of how to exonerate themselves of blame. you'll start to see that coming. when that kind of thing comes, republican money people start to smell it and look for other places to put their resources. >> melissa, is there extra credit for losing creatively? you're a teacher and educator. >> i mean there actually is extra credit for losi
, it didn't. it's actually worse now than it's been. mitt romney's also sharpening his attacks when it comes to president obama's handling of foreign policy. the publican candidate keyed in on this phrase that the president udu a miservi when he was asked about the recent unrest in the muslim world. >> i think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democry, universal rights, a notion that people have -- have to be able to participate in their own governance. but i'm -- i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> he said the developments of the middle east are bumps in the road. yethyti bumps in the road. we had an ambassador assassinated, we had a muslim brotherhood member elected to the presidency of egypt, 20,000 pele have been killed in syria. these e not bumps in the road eseanlis, these are developments we don't want to see. this is time for a president who will shape events in the middle east not just be at mercy to the events in the middle east. >> mike, we talk about how mitt romney's out of t
capability. we in syria and paeckkistan, i don't consider these bumps in the road. >> romney in colorado at a rally and paul ryan on a bus tour of ohio attacked the president on foreign policy. >>urnn th t as --t reminds you of 1979 tehran, but they are burning our flags in capitals all around the world. they are storming our embassies. we have lost four of our diplomats and saying we are going to gutur national security, our milita thatrojects weakness. >> white house has condemned that romney's -- the president was referring to the death of ambassador chris stevens when he used the phrase "bumps in the road." here is press secretaryay t is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp words and phrases here to find political advante and, in this case, that is profoundly offensive. >> joining me now on behalf of thromney campaign, fmerew rky r, rul. you are here because the bill clinton event is running late and i'm shocked, shocked. >> havingo wait for president clinton to go out and used to tie up traffic for about 45 minutes every move. >> you have figured it ou >> a goo iend >>aymped
of foreign policy and that could be an > prm th, and that is governor romney when asked what he would do differently, doesn't come up with a very cogent or believable answer. >> before i let you go, ed rendell, wanted to ask you about pennsylvania. here you've got the president up by 12 points in the latest atointhen race where senator bob casey is only up by six points? >> well, i don't -- i can't answer that at all, andrea. i think bob casey will win i double digits. there's no question about that. he's always been very, very popular. in fact, he's only lost ew eioer and you remember who that was to. he's tough to beat. mr. smith is a very nice man and, you know, he mes across as very earnest, but i d't think bob casey is in ait of trouble. >> if he's in a bit of tuble tenefeln trouble for democrats. >> no. >> before you go, both of you, please weigh in on the nfl. ed, i knowou're a huge football fan. vin webber, the vikings. >> look, for a minnesota vikings fan, there is nothing to complain abo aftereeathe 49ers last sunday, so i'm going to have to leave all the complaints to governor
that, probably true internationally and in politics it's true in terms of domestic policy and we've seen that play out in this campaign. as he's done letterman, leno, sat down with "people" magazine, and mitt romney has done plenty of these things too. this is not a barack obama or mitt romney thing. >> i'm just asking about the timing. >> what they' trying do is reacindependentoters who havet t m u y and they think they may get them and female voters, get them through "the view." the timing makes it look more like he is focused on campaigning first andoremost than being president first and forest and has opened h up to cdeerismro republicans about,ou know, how do you have it time on your schedule to do a midday talk show and to not sit down with some of these people. i just return to jeff's point, it's because he understands that any meetings here areraug tact a exactly six weeks away from a very contentious election and he doesn't want t go down that road. you can debate whether that's the right or wrong thing for the president to do but it is the political thing that is being
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